Giving specific and realistic suggestions for addressing our society's pervasive social problems

Updated with recent issues such as the national debate on health care reform, this Second Edition of How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? gives students a sense of hope by demonstrating specific, realistic steps we can take to solve some of the most pervasive social problems in America today. Author James Crone maintains a sense of sociological objectivity throughout and helps students realize that we can take steps to solve such key social problems as poverty, racial and ethnic inequality, unequal education, and environmental issues. The book's first two chapters define “social problem,,” provide a theoretical background, discuss the daunting barriers we face in attempting to solve social problems, and demonstrate how sociology can help.

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How Can We Solve the Problem of Racial/Ethnic Inequality?

How can we solve the problem of racial/ethnic inequality?

The year was 1954. I had just turned 10 years old. My aunt, uncle, and cousin had been to Miami Beach, Florida, the summer before and were excited about vacationing in Florida again and wanted our family (my mother, father, older brother, and me) to go this summer. My father was not sure that he could afford the trip (recall that at that time many families adhered to the traditional gender roles where the father worked at a job and the mother stayed home to work at cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, grocery shopping, and doing the endless ironing that I remember seeing my mother do in the ...

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